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UAE Armed Forces to expand Pakistan hospital

posted on 24/10/2005: 793 views

Islamabad - In a bid to cope with the increasing number of injured people brought in by mobile medical units, the UAE Armed Forces has decided to expand its field hospital in Pakistan. Additional units, including an operation theatre and medical equipment will arrive tomorrow for deployment in the field hospital set up by the Armed Forces to provide treatment for the victims of the devastating earthquake that struck Pakistan.

Head of the Medical Team, Lt. Colonel Dr Mohammed Sabeel Al Danakhani said that the hospital receives between 550-600 patients daily, 20 percent of them are seriously injured or suffering bone fractures. "A camp was set up beside the hospital to shelter injured people brought in by the UAE mobile units, the Pakistani Armed Forces teams and other organisations," Al Danakhani said.

He added that about 70 cases of tetanus were diagnosed in the earthquake - hit areas. About 20 children were diagnosed with measles. Dr Al Dankhani revealed that 90 patients were now admitted to the 100-bed hospital and that since 12 October, 70 surgeries were done and 130 patients were transferred to Pakistani hospitals.

Lieutenant Hamad Ali Al Dhaheri said that the mobile units were able to access remote villages which were severely affected by the tremors and managed to provide medical assistance to the victims and to evacuate serious cases by helicopters to the field hospital. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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